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    I'll play the voice on the other shoulder though. I don't think it's a good idea to buy something in the hopes that the design will change. Especially if it's a major part of the current design. That's just asking to be disappointed.
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    I appreciate the shared perspective of you two , Jeff and Martin, but he'd have to change all external design choices (woven cloth, the front-board pic) and I believe that's highly unlikely...maybe some slight tweak, but not a complete overhaul. No, I just have to base my choice on the aesthetics that're in front of me...and I have less than 24 hours to convince myself that passing isn't the right decision. Anything else is, as Dan said, a losing gamble.

    Tick, tock, tick, tock...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I'll play the voice on the other shoulder though. I don't think it's a good idea to buy something in the hopes that the design will change. Especially if it's a major part of the current design. That's just asking to be disappointed.
    THAT is totally true. You can't count on it to change and the parts Ron doesn't like seem to be key in the initial design. So it's a total off-chance. But I still think he'll be able to sell it if he's unhappy. Again, I wouldn't be making the argument for it if Ron didn't adore the book the way I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    I appreciate the shared perspective of you two , Jeff and Martin, but he'd have to change all external design choices (woven cloth, the front-board pic) and I believe that's highly unlikely...maybe some slight tweak, but not a complete overhaul. No, I just have to base my choice on the aesthetics that's in front of me...and I have less than 24 hours to convince myself that passing isn't the right decision. Anything else is, as Dan said, a losing gamble.

    Tick, tock, tick, tock...
    At the end of the day, Jeff can sign it for you when he comes to shoot his unboxing episodes to your house. He might even influence Joe Hill. It is bound to go up in value after that.
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    I will say that I see what Ron is saying about the engraving on the cover. Seems the illustrations are more in alignment with the feel of the story than the image on the cover. They do look casual. Not enough to dent my delight in this edition, but I see your point, Ron. And I can't disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Again, I wouldn't be making the argument for it if Ron didn't adore the book the way I do.
    And I appreciate the cheerleading for the book...I sincerely hope Paul has a quick sellout to affirm the book's value to those who love it (along with those who are just buying it because it's Suntup and thus has a vague King connection and/or want to keep their subscription number and/or for speculation, etc.). It's our shared love for this book that's keeping me from tapping out on this one...any other book -- *any* -- and it'd be an easy decision. As it is and trying not to get hyperbolic about it, it's kind of heartbreaking for me that what is being offered is so far removed from the ideal that for years I'd envisioned of my favorite book.*

    *Again, not a slam against Paul and his design choices...they're just not *for me.* If the nuances of book design preferences isn't a subjective thing, I don't know what is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    I will say that I see what Ron is saying about the engraving on the cover. Seems the illustrations are more in alignment with the feel of the story than the image on the cover. They do look casual. Not enough to dent my delight in this edition, but I see your point, Ron. And I can't disagree.
    And it's the little things like that that instead become big things when it's featured front-and-center on the front, and become even bigger when the offering price is $300. For $300, one had better be pretty happy, or or least satisfied, with the product one is paying for.

    I agree that the interiors that I've seen seem to be better reflective of the story, so it's unfortunate that that particular art was chosen for prominent cover placement. It's funny, had there been another picture in its place and just a simple but high-quality leather used on the boards, this would be an entirely different conversation for me, and my finger would have been on the Order button at 9am tomorrow.

    Some might say those it's silly for me to let a couple simple design choices make all the difference, but those two features are what I see when I hold it closed in my hands and have it sit on the shelf, they are the most prominent and immediate and lasting visual components and representations of the book. I already have two 1st ed. HCs (U.S. and U.K.) on my shelf...this needed to be something that was visually special and stimulating for me, something that oozed pride-of-ownership on the shelf, to justify yet another edition of THE ROAD and the $300 expense, and unfortunately for me it just isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    I already have two 1st ed. HCs (U.S. and U.K.) on my shelf...
    By the way, for anyone who hasn't seen the 1st U.K., here're a couple pics of it...I do like the art used, simple but effective.

    roaduk1.jpg

    roaduk2.jpg

    EDIT: Number line is hard to read once I reduced and compressed the pic...for those looking for a 1st ed. / 1st printing, it's 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2. Needless to say, like the U.S. edition, it went into many subsequent HC printings.
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    To likely no one’s surprise, with ten minutes to go until the pre-order window opens, it’s now official: After more wavering this morning, I have decided definitively to sit this one out. Best of luck to those who are after a copy, and look forward to congratulating you all.

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    Congratulations for those who purchased a copy! I am sure it will be a stunning book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    To likely no one’s surprise, with ten minutes to go until the pre-order window opens, it’s now official: After more wavering this morning, I have decided definitively to sit this one out. Best of luck to those who are after a copy, and look forward to congratulating you all.
    I purchased you a copy, Ron but I'll have to charge ya double. After all, friends don't let friends pay retail for books

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    As I've stated before, I'm passing on this one as well. The design doesn't grab me that much and frankly, I just don't have that kind of extra money right now. I made a major purchase recently and I just received invoices from Camelot and Centipede totaling over $500. Glad everyone who wanted one is able to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    I purchased you a copy, Ron but I'll have to charge ya double. After all, friends don't let friends pay retail for books
    With friends like that, etc. etc. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    With friends like that, etc. etc. ;-)
    LOL.

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    I did bend and tried to see if anyone had cancelled an order of the lower priced edition. I would really like to own one of these.

    The response was prompt, courteous, and it seems that I missed my chance.

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    Ummm, well, this happened.

    https://youtu.be/nxos80ysd_k

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Ummm, well, this happened.

    https://youtu.be/nxos80ysd_k
    And it was cool AF!

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    That's just about the coolest thing ever! How fun!

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    I’m relatively new to the Suntup editions and haven’t had the chance to get a hold of any yet, but that definitely peaks your interest for sure! That’s one heck of a marketing tool and very cool indeed. Already marked my calendar...

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    Suntup just shared Jeff's video on the social medias.

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